What's up with YUKOS?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Ugg, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    A while back there was a big to do about the House of Saud promising to boost production about now so as to lower oil prices during the US election. World demand is such that their boost wouldn't be enough to make a difference. However, Russia, Putin and YUKOS are embroiled in a big battle that has boosted prices to their highest level ever. I know that much of this has to do with the oligarchs and their disregard for Russian laws but I can't help wonder if the prolonged battle doesn't have other reasons/goals. Russia's largest source of foreign earnings is from Petroleum so any increase in price only fills the coffers of the state to overflowing. That is of course if companies like YUKOS pay their taxes...

    Couldn't this also be Putin disagreeing with Bush, knowing only too well that high oil prices will hurt him and perhaps even take some of the steam out of the American economy? Any other ideas or thoughts on the matter?
  2. kuyu macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
    I read that Yukos/Russia account for only 2% of the worlds oil consumption. Strange how this little issue can inflate oil prices so much. :confused:
  3. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    On the contrary, Bush's mythical "War on Terror" is just the pretext Putin needs to keep Chechnya down. The last thing he wants is some damned Liberal asking awkward questions.

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